How to Spend a Weekend Break in Bath

Did you know there’s more to England than just London? Honestly, it took me a few trips to London to figure that out. And while I still love London, I’d be lying if I said my recent weekend break in Bath wasn’t one of my best trips to the UK.

For many visitors to the UK, London is the first (and often only) port of call. I myself visited London more than a handful of times before finally venturing anywhere else in England. In January 2023, I finally added Bath to my England itinerary and completely fell in love with this charming and cozy city.

If you’re looking for a walkable city that is seeped in history, filled with beautiful Georgian architecture, lousy with things to see and do, and home to some of the yummiest restaurants, you’re going to want to start planning your weekend break in Bath, England!

The Circus, weekend break in Bath, England

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Weekend break in Bath FAQs

Why is Bath so famous?

Bath is famous thanks to its history and enduring charm. It is the only spa town in the UK with actual hot springs running underground. These were discovered by the Romans who set up the original baths, leaving lots of Roman ruins in the city today.

Besides Roman ruins, Bath is also famous for its stunning Georgian architecture and Bath Stone buildings, many of which were built in the 18th Century when Bath was the social capital of England. In the early 1900’s, Bath became home to famous authors Jane Austen and Mary Shelley.

These days, visitors still flock to Bath to experience the city’s charm, history and architecture. The fact that it’s an easy trip from London doesn’t hurt either!

Is Bath good for a weekend break?

Absolutely (hence why I wrote this post!). Bath is a great option for a weekend break because it’s close to major cities like London and Bristol, yet its size and architecture make it feel worlds away. And while Bath feels like a charming small town, there’s plenty to see, do and eat to fill a weekend.

city break in Bath, UK

Is it better to stay in Bath or Bristol?

If you only have a couple of days to visit Bath, I would recommend staying directly in the city to get the full experience. While it’s only 15 minutes on the train (or 30 minutes by car) from Bath to Bristol, part of the appeal of a Bath weekend trip is walking around the city at night or in the morning when the day trippers are gone.

Where should you stay in Bath?

Most of Bath’s must-see sights are located in the historic city centre, so you’ll want to stay in a central location during your weekend in Bath. Luckily, there are lots of hotels, hostels and apartments to suite any style and budget.

While in Bath in January, I had the pleasure of staying at Hotel Indigo Bath and I highly recommend it. Located just a few minutes’ walk from both the train and bus stations, as well as major sights like Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths and Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House, this 18th Century Georgian building is the perfect place to stay in Bath.

Hotel Indigo Bath exterior

Not only is the location unbeatable, but the style, service and stay were pretty perfect too. Every space, from the hotel rooms to the hallways, was thoughtfully designed and featured a really funky old-meets-new vibe that I loved. Even the main bathrooms had a separate seating area, cool floor tiles and a wacky insect art piece.

Hotel Indigo Bath suite and bed

The staff members I interacted with were extremely kind and went out of their way to ensure I had a great stay. Once in my room, I was delighted with the huge shower and tub (I got to take a bath in Bath!), comfy bed and USB charging ports (so helpful!). And the breakfast, featuring both hot dishes on an a la carte menu and a fully loaded continental buffet, is not to be missed.

Book your stay at Hotel Indigo Bath here!

Is Bath a walkable city?

Yes, Bath is an extremely walkable city! All of the main things to see and do are located within the historic city centre or just a short walk from it. You do not need a car in Bath (or even to get to/from Bath). You can easily take the train or bus to Bath and then walk once you’re in the city.

Can you visit Bath on a day trip?

Yes, you can visit Bath on a day trip but I would recommend staying at least overnight, if not for two or three nights. As you’ll see below, there’s actually a ton to see, do and eat in Bath. When I visited in January 2023, I stayed for three nights and filled my time, despite a number of Bath’s attractions being closed.

That said, if you only have time for a Bath day trip, keep reading for my 1 day Bath itinerary that will help you see the city’s highlights on a tight schedule.

Is Bath, England worth visiting?

Absolutely! If you can’t tell already, I loved my visit to Bath. It felt like walking back in time and had the perfect English charm I was searching for. It was incredible to explore this historic city and get a completely different experience to nearby London. Plus with so much to see and do no matter your interest, Bath won’t disappoint!

weekend in Bath, England

How to get to Bath from London

Most people visit Bath from London, since it’s an easy day trip or weekend break. So here’s how you can travel from London to Bath by bus, train, car or tour.

How far is Bath from London?

Bath is about 115 miles (185 km) from London and it would take 2.5-3 hours to drive there by car or bus. Trains connect London to Bath in just 90 minutes.

Please note that the below transportation information is current as of the time of writing. Please check with transport operators for the most up to date services and schedules. 

city of Bath, England, UK

London to Bath by bus

Take the bus from London to Bath if you want to save money and don’t mind a longer journey.

If you’d like to go from London to Bath by bus, you can take the National Express coach from London Victoria Coach Station to Bath Spa Bus Station. The journey will take 2.5-3 hours and is direct, though there are stops. Fares start at just £9 one-way and there are up to nine departures each day.

Bonus: The London to Bath bus service also stops at Heathrow Airport. So if you’re looking to save some money by taking the bus and/or want to go directly from Heathrow to Bath (or Bath to Heathrow), the bus might be a good option.

London to Bath by train

Take the train from London to Bath if you want to get to Bath as quickly and comfortably as possible. 

If you’d prefer to travel from London to Bath by train, you can take the GWR train from London Paddington to Bath Spa. The journey takes just 1 hour 20 minutes and most routes are direct (though some involve one change). Fares start at £21.50 and there are 72 (!) daily departures, with a train leaving roughly every 30 minutes.

Because the train is so much faster than the bus, more comfortable and more reliable (when there’s not a rail strike!), most people going from London to Bath choose to take the train. Of course, it will cost you more than the bus. The huge number of train departures also gives you great flexibility.

London to Bath tours

Take a London to Bath tour if you don’t want the stress of arranging your own transportation and want to add on a side trip near Bath. 

Finally, you can opt to take a London to Bath tour if you don’t want to drive yourself and don’t want to deal with arranging bus or train transportation. While taking the bus or train from London to Bath is quite straight forward (most routes are direct), a day tour is preferable for some travellers and makes sense if you want to see more than just Bath.

Many tour operators will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel, meaning no hassle to get to a bus or train station. A lot of London to Bath tours also include informative commentary and side trips to harder to reach places, like Stonehenge, the Cotswolds or Windsor Castle.

Weekend break in Bath itinerary

Below I’m sharing how to spend a full weekend in Bath, as well as modifications if you only have time for a Bath day trip or if you have 3+ days in Bath. Keep reading for all of the awesome things to do in Bath, England!

Bath weekend break map

Bath city break: Day 1

11:00 am: Arrive in Bath

Start your weekend break in Bath by arranging transportation so that you arrive in the late morning, around 11:00 am (so leaving from London 1.5-3 hours before that, depending on whether you take the bus, train or drive). Head to your hotel and check-in early or drop off your bags if your room isn’t ready yet. Bags down, you’re now onto your first stop: Lunch!

12:00 pm: Lunch at Sally Lunn’s

Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House is an institution in Bath. Built in 1482, it’s one of the oldest buildings in the city and was where French refugee and baker Sally Lunn invented the original Bath bun in the 1680’s.

This bun, known as the Sally Lunn bun, was so delicious that it’s now famous worldwide with copycat versions found around the world. In fact, it’s believed Jane Austen even enjoyed them based on one of her letters. Of course, the original recipe is a secret and is attached to the deed of the house. Meaning if you want an authentic Sally Lunn bun, you have to have it at Sally Lunn’s house in Bath.

Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House in Bath, England

But what the heck is a Sally Lunn bun? Well, they’re kind of hard to describe. For starters, they’re giant. I ordered the Sally Lunn 2 course High Tea which comes with half a savoury bun (served with smoked salmon), half a sweet bun (served with clotted cream and jam) and a pot of tea, and I couldn’t finish it all. While I like that the bun can be eaten with both sweet and savoury toppings, I enjoyed the sweet version better and would opt for just that one next time.

There’s much more elaborate bun dishes (you can get buns served as French toast, bread pudding or with sandwich toppings and stews on top) and even non-bun options on offer (but don’t bother with those). Bonus: The Sally Lunn Blend Tea was also delicious!

Because these buns are so well known, expect a bit of a line up around lunch time. Luckily there’s seating across three floors, so you should get a table pretty quickly. If you’re really short on time, you can buy a bun to go from the basement museum and gift shop, where you can also see the original oven.

Sally Lunn's House in Bath, museum and oven

2:00 pm: Free walking tour of Bath

After you’ve had your fill of Sally Lunn’s buns, it’s time to head over to The Pump Room and join a free walking tour. These tours happen almost daily at 10:30am and 2:00pm (click here to confirm times for your dates), take about two hours, don’t require advanced reservation and, as stated, are completely free. In fact, unlike most free walking tours in Europe, these guides don’t even accept tips!

I love going on a walking tour in a new city. It’s such a great way to learn about the history of a place, get a feel for how the city is laid out, and figure out what sights or restaurants you want to visit. And because Bath is such a small city, two hours of walking covers almost all of the main sights.

free walking tour in Bath, England

You’ll start in front of The Pump Room where your guide will share some of the city’s history with you pointing out the Roman Baths and Bath Abbey (all visible from your starting point). From there you’ll visit one of three natural hot springs in Bath, and then it’s onto the heavy hitters: Queen’s Square, The Royal Crescent and The Circus.

Walking along the same path as Jane Austen’s characters in Persuasion, you’ll make your way to The Royal Crescent where Bath’s glitterati used to pretend they had escaped to the country. With the green fields in front of them, they enjoyed countryside views but were still only a quick stroll from the centre of town. Then it’s onto The Circus, a circle of townhomes the same size as Stonehenge, and where Nicolas Cage (among many other famous English people) once lived!

The Royal Crescent in Bath, England
The Royal Crescent
The Circus in Bath, England
The Circus

Lastly, you’ll walk along Pulteney Bridge and see the horseshoe dam that holds back the rushing water, as well as the bridge Russel Crowe jumped off of in Les Miserables (spoilers!). From there it’s a bit more town history before you wrap up your tour back in front of The Pump Room.

Pulteney Bridge, Bath, UK
Pulteney Bridge

4:00 pm: Quick visit to Bath Abbey

Your tour ends right next to Bath Abbey, so why not pop in? You will have already learned that the Abbey has been a holy site in Bath since 675 AD and was where the King of England, King Edgar, had his coronation in 973 AD. It now serves as a church for the city and is free for people to visit, though donations are appreciated.

Bath Abbey

Like many churches in Europe, it’s definitely worth a walk through Bath Abbey to admire the beautiful stained glass windows, fan vaulted ceiling, chapels, memorials and more. When I visited in January 2023, there was a display of colourful tapestries telling the creation story, which were very impressive.

inside of Bath Abbey

If you’d like to learn more you can take a guided Best of Bath Abbey Tour of the main floor (£8) or if you’d like to enjoy a view over Bath, you can take a guided Tower Tour (£10). You can learn more about both tours here. Note that if you do decide to take a tour, you may need to change up my weekend in Bath itinerary to accommodate the extra time spent at the Abbey.

4:30 pm: Tour the Roman Baths

After you’ve been wowed at Bath Abbey, head next door for your tour of the Roman Baths (£17.50 entry, audioguide included), my favourite site in Bath. Note that the Roman Baths are open until 6:00 pm and last entry is at 5:00 pm, so don’t spend too long at the Abbey if you want to fit this in too! Arriving at 4:30 pm gives you the perfect amount of time to visit, plus fewer crowds to deal with than if you had arrived midday.

Roman Baths in Bath, UK

As you’ll have noticed on your free walking tour, you can see part of the Roman Baths from outside for free. Many people told me before visiting Bath that there’s no point paying to go in since you can see it for free. To this I say – clearly you haven’t been to the Roman Baths! There is so much more to this place than just the one bath you can see from outside.

With your audioguide (available in 12 languages and with special kid-friendly narrators), you’ll journey around the complex learning about the history of Bath in Roman times. You’ll discover what the city used to look like, walk over ancient ruins, learn about the goddess Sulis Minerva, and meet other important characters from Bath’s history.

But my favourite part was walking around the baths (and not just the one you can see from outside!). In each bathing room, your audioguide or an accompanying video explains how the room was used and what it used to look like. I saw the pillars that were used to provide steam to the hot room, the deep tub in the cold pool, and the sacred spring where no one was allowed to swim. There were even employees dressed in character outfits to help set the scene. And because I visited near closing hour, I was often the only person in these bathing rooms!

drink the water at the Roman Baths in Bath

The last stop on your self-guided tour is a chance to drink the water from the hot springs. Having been warned that it was disgusting, I braced myself for the worst. But honestly? It wasn’t that bad. A bit mineral-heavy for my taste, but totally drinkable.

6:30 pm: Dinner at Noya’s Kitchen

With a full afternoon of sightseeing under your belt, it’s time to head to my favourite restaurant in Bath, Noya’s Kitchen. This incredible Vietnamese restaurant is popular, so make sure you book in advance. They have a rotating menu and often host cooking classes, so double check that they’re open when you’re in town.

When I visited in January, I ordered their chicken curry and it was so good! Honestly, I considered missing my train from Bath to London the next day in order to have it again for lunch! It was incredibly flavourful and the portion was so generous, especially for only £15. I wish I had had enough room to order appetizers, as they looked great too.

I highly recommend booking at Noya’s Kitchen for at least one meal in Bath, if not more!

Sleep at Hotel Indigo

End your first full day in Bath at Hotel Indigo, a perfectly located hotel that seamlessly combines historic Georgian architecture with modern style and service.

Bath city break: Day 2

9:00 am: Breakfast at Same Same But Different

On your second day in Bath, head out to Same Same But Different for a casual start to the day. This local cafe serves simple breakfast options in a cozy environment. Or, if you’ve opted for hotel breakfast, enjoy that instead!

breakfast at Same Same But Different in Bath

10:00 am: Visit The Jane Austen Centre and/or Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein

After breakfast, it’s time to embrace Bath’s literary history. You can do so by visiting The Jane Austen Centre, Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein or both, as they’re right next door to one another! With the three hours I’ve allotted for these visits, that should be plenty of time to explore both (unless you get lost in Mary Shelley’s dungeon or the Jane Austen gift shop).

Start with The Jane Austen Centre (£13.25 entry), as it opens at 10:00 am (Mary Shelley’s doesn’t open until 11:00 am). Tours leave every half hour, but there’s a video, activities and a gift shop to keep you busy if you arrive early. Tours are led by a character from one of Austen’s novels, dressed up in perfect Regency attire, of course.

The Jane Austen Centre in Bath, UK

The tour starts with a history of the Austen family and their connection to Bath. You’ll learn that Jane was one of eight children and visited Bath often before moving to Bath with her family when her father retired. After her father’s death, Jane, her mother and her sister lived in a few different houses in Bath before eventually moving out to the country. You probably passed a few of their old addresses on yesterday’s walking tour!

After the Austen family history, you’ll head downstairs to see portraits of Jane and then be left to guide yourself through the rest of the museum. It’s not a very large museum, but you can tell a lot of care went into making it as much fun for Janeites as possible.

You can watch a film about important places from Jane’s life and novels in Bath, look at Regency era artifacts, take photos in Regency costumes, try your hand at a quill and ink, and see some memorabilia from the movies. In fact, Emma Thompson visited in 2021 and donated a bunch of photos and items from her 1995 movie, Sense and Sensibility.

Get your tickets to The Jane Austen Centre here!

For a completely different literary vibe, head a few doors over to Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein (£15.50 entry). This museum is set over a number of floors and is self-guided, with lots of information to read along the way. And it is spooky!

Mary Shelley's House of Frankenstein in Bath, England

Visiting by myself on a Wednesday morning in January, I was practically the only person in the museum. While I usually love having tourist sites to myself, I desperately wanted a companion. Let’s just say they do a very good job of creating an authentic atmospheric experience that had me afraid to walk into some of the rooms. I looked so terrified that one of the employees I ran into on the stairs had to assure me it was just sound effects (but some of the props moved too!).

Despite my fears, I really enjoyed Mary Shelley’s. There was a ton to learn and they really did a great job creating an experience for visitors. It was fascinating to learn about Mary’s early life and how she got interested in galvanism (using electricity to stimulate life).

I also had no idea that Mary’s marriage was so scandalous, as she got together with her husband when he was married to another woman and expecting a child with her. In fact, Mary’s relationship continued to be scandalous as her husband was also interested in Mary’s sister, with the three of them living together for years, while said sister also had a baby with Lord Byron.

The museum goes on to explain how Mary’s book, Frankenstein, wasn’t received very well at first and that her original version was very different from the story we know today. It was interesting to see how the book was developed and changed for different stage and screen adaptations, and how Frankenstein became such a well known character in pop culture.

The lab at Mary Shelley's House of Frankenstein in Bath, England
A scary room I barely walked into
Frankenstein in pop culture at Mary Shelley's House of Frankenstein in Bath, England
A not so scary room!

The final part of Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein is the basement but unfortunately I can’t tell you anything about it because I was too terrified to visit! The employees told me the dungeon (aka the basement) was the actual scary part of the house and seeing as just the regular floors freaked me out, I figured I should skip it. But hopefully you’re braver than me! There’s also an escape room and mystery game (additional cost for both) you can enjoy at Mary Shelley’s.

Get your tickets to Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein here!

1:00 pm: Afternoon tea at the Regency Tea Rooms or The Pump Room Restaurant

All of that literary learning must have worked up your appetite! So for lunch on day 2 in Bath, let’s enjoy an afternoon tea. Two of the most highly recommended afternoon teas in the city are at The Pump Room Restaurant (next to the Roman Baths) or the Jane Austen Regency Tea Rooms, which is conveniently located on the second floor of The Jane Austen Centre.

In fact, if you held onto your ticket to The Jane Austen Centre, it gets you a discount in the Regency Tea Rooms!

afternoon tea during a weekend break in bath, england

3:00 pm: Relax at Thermae Bath Spa

After a lovely afternoon tea of scones, sandwiches and drinks, continue relaxing with a visit to Bath’s premier spa, Thermae Bath Spa. This is the main spa in Bath and the best way to enjoy the natural hot springs.

Unfortunately when I visited in January 2023, the spa was closed for renovations. But I’ve heard wonderful things about it and definitely intend to book in on my next visit to Bath. You can enjoy the Thermae Welcome, a two hour spa session with access to their rooftop pool, Minerva bath and wellness suite, or add on additional services, like massages and facials.

6:30 pm: Dinner at Jars Meze

Greek meal at Jars Meze in Bath, UK

Float, serene-like, from the spa to Jars Meze, a family-run Greek restaurant in one of Bath’s narrow alleys. This is one of my favourite parts of the city and reminds me of the small alleys full of restaurants you’d find in Melbourne.

Jars Meze features home-style Greek classics served in small plates, so you can try a few things. While I enjoyed my meal there, I think it would be more fun to go with a large group so you can sample more items. I did also find the meal a bit on the pricy side, especially compared to other meals I had in Bath. But overall, I still think it’s worth a visit!

Sleep at Hotel Indigo

After another big day, enjoy one more relaxing bath in your Hotel Indigo suite before falling asleep on their comfy beds!

bathtub in Hotel Indigo Bath suite

Bath city break: Day 3

9:00 am: Breakfast at your hotel & check out

Sadly, it’s the final day of your weekend break in Bath. But before you catch your bus or train back to London (or wherever you’re heading to), make time for one last exploration.

First, enjoy a delicious breakfast at your hotel (Hotel Indigo offers both a hot breakfast a la carte menu and a well stocked continental buffet) and check out of your room. Ask the front desk staff to hold your bags while you go explore, as you can easily pick them up on your walk to the train or bus station.

Hotel Indigo Bath continental breakfast buffet

Hotel Indigo Bath reception

10:00 am: Final exploring in Bath

With one final morning to explore Bath, the choice is yours! There’s still lots to discover in Bath such as:

The Holburne Museum (£12.50 entry): Discover Sir William Holburne’s impressive art collection, as well as visiting exhibits, in this beautiful home that serves as Lady Danbury’s house in the TV series Bridgerton. (PS: Lots of Bridgerton is filmed in Bath. You can even go on a Bridgerton walking tour if you’re a big fan!) I enjoyed an hour or so strolling around the floors and seeing all of the paintings and artifacts on display. Sadly, I visited one day before the Alberta Whittle exhibit, which looked very cool from what I could see set up!

The Holburne Museum in Bath, England, Lady Danbury's House in Bridgerton
It’s Lady Danbury’s House in Bridgerton!

The Holburne Museum in Bath, England, Lady Danbury's House in Bridgerton

No. 1 Royal Crescent (£15 entry): See what life was like in 18th Century Georgian Bath at this townhouse museum. I love walking through historic homes like this and seeing how people used to live. Sadly, this museum was also closed during my visit but it’s definitely on my must-visit list for my next Bath trip.

Topping & Company Booksellers of Bath: If you’re short on time or feel inspired after yesterday’s literary adventures, pop into this charming bookstore and pick up a new read. Staff seem very knowledgeable and the collection is vast, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a good book for the train ride home.

Prior Park Landscape Garden: If the weather is nice, why not spend your final morning in Bath strolling through Prior Park? This park is outside of the city centre but has beautiful gardens and bridges that make it worth the journey. If you’re visiting off-season, check opening times as, unfortunately, the park was closed during my visit to Bath.

For even more ideas on how to spend your final day in Bath, check out my suggestions for 3+ days in Bath below!

1:00pm: Pick up lunch for your train or bus ride back to London (or your next stop!) 

With your weekend in Bath drawing to a close, it’s time to collect your bags from your hotel, pick up lunch, and board your train or bus out of Bath and onto your next stop in the UK. If you stayed at Hotel Indigo Bath, both the train and bus station are just a five minute walk away. Along the way you’ll pass lots of options for easy to-go lunches such as YO!, Marks & Spencer or Pret a Manger.

Only have time for a Bath day trip? Check out your 1 day Bath itinerary

Lots of people told me that Bath was great for a day trip but as you can see above, there’s so much more to see and do in Bath than one day will allow! If you can stay for 2-3 nights, I highly recommend it in order to explore more of Bath and enjoy a leisurely visit.

weekend break in Bath, UK

That said, if you only have 1 day in Bath, you can still see and do a lot. Here’s my recommended itinerary for 1 quick and busy day in Bath:

8:30 am: Take the train from London to Bath

In order to save time, take an early train out of London arriving in Bath just 90 minutes later.

10:00 am: Visit one of Bath’s art galleries or museums

Since you’re only in Bath for a day trip, you won’t have time to see and do it all. You’ll need to prioritize. I recommend starting with a visit to an art gallery or museum, if those are of interest, as they usually close earlier than other sights, like the Roman Baths or Thermae Spa.

This would be the perfect time to visit The Jane Austen Centre, Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein, The Holburne Museum, Herschel Museum of Astronomy or No. 1 Royal Crescent. Double check opening times before you plan your day!

12:00 pm: Lunch at Sally Lunn’s or afternoon tea

Join the queue for a Sally Lunn’s bun, a must-eat while in Bath! If you’ve already had a Sally Lunn’s bun, don’t like buns or don’t want to wait in line, you could opt for afternoon tea at The Pump Room or Jane Austen Regency Tea Rooms instead.

2:00 pm: Free walking tour of Bath

Learn about the history of Bath and see the city’s main sights on an informative and fun free walking tour. Meet in front of The Pump Room at 2:00pm to join this tour.

Bath Abbey, England

4:00 pm: Tour Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths

After your walking tour, duck into Bath Abbey for a quick stroll of the abbey floor and then next door to the Roman Baths to explore how Ancient Romans once enjoyed the city of Bath. Check out the different bathing rooms, tune into the audioguide and sample the hot springs water.

6:00 pm: Dinner at Noya’s Kitchen

From the Roman Baths, walk over to Noya’s Kitchen for a delicious Vietnamese dinner. Make a reservation ahead of time and come hungry!

(op) 8:00 pm: Late night spa visit

If you’re not too tuckered out from your full day in Bath, stop off at Thermae Spa after dinner. The spa is open until 9:30 pm, meaning you could still fit in a soak or treatment before your late night train back to London. Alternatively, if you want more spa time, you could visit in the morning instead of going to one of Bath’s museums.

10:00 pm: Take the train from Bath to London

If you’ve decided to fit in a late night spa visit, you’ll board your train from Bath to London around 10:00 pm. Make sure to check train times before you plan your day to ensure you don’t miss the last train. Of course, if you opt out of the spa, you can catch an earlier train back to London.

11:30 pm: Arrive back in London

After 90 minutes on the train, you’ll be back in London, exhausted but satisfied from your Bath day trip!

Have more than a weekend in Bath? How to spend 3+ days in Bath

Want to spend more than just a weekend break in Bath? Great idea! There’s so much to see and do in the city that you could definitely spend 3+ nights there. Here are a few more Bath itinerary suggestions for your stay:

Queen's Square in Bath, UK

  • Go shopping! Bath has so many cute boutiques and stores that any shopper would love to spend time in. While I didn’t buy anything, a few stationary and homeware stores caught my eye. Stroll up and down Stall Street and Union Street to get your fill.
  • See a show. Check out what’s playing at the Theatre Royal Bath during your visit. I had my eyes on The Nutcracker and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (with Elizabeth McGovern from Downton Abbey) but sadly didn’t make it out to either.
  • Explore more of Bath’s culinary scene. I got to try some great restaurants during my three days in Bath but, of course, couldn’t eat at them all. Some that are on my short list to try next time include: The Raven, Thai Balcony, Bath Green Park Station, The Cornish Bakehouse, Saracens Head Pub, Beckford Canteen, The Scallop Shell, Landrace Bakery, Swoon Gelato, Dough, and Chez Dominique.

cute alleyways in Bath, England

  • Treat yourself to a full spa day. Why limit your time at Thermae Bath Spa to just a few hours? Make a day of it with a spa package or series of treatments and enjoy the pampering you deserve!
  • Visit more museums and galleries. While I included a few museums and galleries in my Bath weekend break itinerary above, there are lots more for you to discover. Consider checking out the Herschel Museum of Astronomy, Victoria Art Gallery, Museum of Bath Architecture, Museum of Bath at Work, Bath Assembly Rooms, or Fashion Museum Bath (currently closed as they’re moving to a new location). As always, check opening times before you visit!
  • Visit a nearby city: Head out on the train to a nearby city like Bristol (15 minutes), Salisbury (55 minutes) or Oxford (90 minutes). All of these make excellent DIY day trips from Bath thanks to easy train connections!
  • Go on day trips from Bath: Some day trips from Bath are easier to do by car or tour operator, as the public transport options get too long and complicated. Popular options include day trips to Stonehenge, the Cotswolds, or both!

Thanks again to Visit Bath for helping me to have an incredible stay in Bath! I can’t wait to return and visit all of the places that were sadly closed while I was there, eat at all of the restaurants I missed, go on a day trip or two, and introduce Colin to one of England’s most charming cities! 

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